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2.0 mile 3.2 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 276' 84 m
Descent: -287' -87 m
High: 1,040' 317 m
Low: 865' 264 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)


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An amazing karst trail featuring incredible views.

Susan Stevenson

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Family Friendly Great scrambling for kids.


What makes this route special is the landscape. From the trail, visitors can see large rock formations called hoodoos, tunnels, arches, cliffs, waterfalls, and lofty views. Expect rocky terrain on this natural, single use trail.

Need to Know

Should you venture off the trail, there are areas where the rocks can be slick from trickling water and the ground can be muddy.


From the parking area, expect a trailhead that veers into the woods then splits. Travelers can go right or left as the trail is a loop and will bring you back to this location.

When following the trail to the left at this split, expect a stretch through woods that opens into large rock formations. Here you'll see the "Keyhole" and "Terrapin," both of which are lovely and amazing areas. Continue on down the stairs and the trail will take you to Pickle Creek and eventually Pickle Springs.

The rolling trail will eventually begin to curve back around to the trailhead. The way is rolling, so you'll experience a bit of elevation change on the way out and on the way back. The grade is quite gentle though.

Along the way, be sure to stop at the bluffs and enjoy the view.

Flora & Fauna

There are amazing ferns and mosses found only in this area left over from the Mississippian Era. Typical pines, and oak will shade your journey. If you should find yourself off trail, look out for cactus as well.


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Jun 1, 2019
Jeff W
Apr 17, 2019
Brett David
A little muddy in the trench. At times around the boulders the trail was hard to find. If I went again, I'd go left at the beginning. 2.1mi — 1h 07m
Mar 27, 2019
Josh B
2.5mi — 1h 45m
Mar 16, 2019
Brett Haertling
Easy trail with amazing views. Every hundred feed is a new, interesting feature to stare at. 2mi — 4h 00m
Feb 24, 2019
Josh B
took lots of pics. soggy in parts. reminds me of Petit Jean. beautiful. 2.5mi
Nov 24, 2017
Adam Gibbs
Awesome place to hike. I took my 9 year old daughter and we had a blast. Lots of cool rock formation to climb on and take pics on. low difficulty 2mi — 2h 30m
Apr 2, 2017
Dan Kalaf
Cool waterfalls and caves 4mi — 3h 00m
Mar 25, 2017
Chris Turnbaugh

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